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Shevchenko joins Korolevska's party

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July 28, 2012, 4:25 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainian football player Andriy Shevchenko has joined Ukraine-Forward! Party led by Natalia Korolevska.
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Ukrainian football player Andriy Shevchenko has joined Ukraine-Forward! Party led by Natalia Korolevska, the party's press service has told Interfax-Ukraine.

He made such a statement on Saturday, while visiting, along with Korolevska, a boarding school in Volodarka, Kyiv region.

"I want to fulfill myself in politics, share the experience that I gained in Europe and do something for my country. I have decided to join the team of Natalia Korolevska, because Ukraine-Forward! is a party of the future, a party of young leaders, a certain choice between the past and the future. In politics, I'm planning to support the social sphere and sports, because my main motto is 'a sound mind in a sound body,'" Shevchenko said.

Korolevska, in turn, said that Shevchenko was "a pride of Ukraine."

"We are grateful to him for his decision to work with our team shoulder to shoulder, a team of a new generation of politicians. Now is the time when we need to work for the country and for the people. He made his choice in favor of the policy of the future, the policy of a new quality. It is a very important choice for us, and I believe that together, as one team, we will do our best to ensure that Ukraine moves forward," she said.

A source close to the party's leadership told Interfax-Ukraine that the party's electoral list and candidates for single-member districts would be approved at a party congress on August 1 and that Shevchenko would be included in the top five.

The parliamentary election campaign in Ukraine will start on July 30. The parliamentary elections are scheduled for October 28, 2012.

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Roman Dawydiak July 28, 2012, 10:40 p.m.    

Once again a picture tells a thousand words. Yesterday Yanukovych was vigorously shaking Andriy Shevchenko's hand and beaming like a Cheshire cat after learning that Ukraine's premier football star was retiring and was about to enter politics. Today Shevchenko officially joined the Opposition. What a blow that must have been to the President's ego! What a blow that must have been to Rinat "Moneybags" Akhmetov, Ukraine's richest billionaire, who could not buy one of Ukraine's most famous sports personalities. First Klychko and now Shevchenko. What can the POR say to this abomination? Bah, Humbug?

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James Kleinbrook July 29, 2012, 3:04 a.m.    

@Khvylia

I think though, with the very few athletes that I can remember entering into politics in the usa, I want to believe that they were independents. But with a little research I believe that history might show that a majority of professional athletes ran as republicans but voted with democrats on major issues such as abortion? My point is that I would rather see a TRUE athlete run as an independent should they choose to enter politics. Bucking the status qou is the only way to go.

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James Kleinbrook July 29, 2012, 3:20 a.m.    

@Khvylia

I think though, with the very few athletes that I can remember entering into politics in the usa, I want to believe that they were independents. But with a little research I believe that history might show that a majority of professional athletes ran as republicans but voted with democrats on major issues such as abortion? My point is that I would rather see a TRUE athlete run as an independent should they choose to enter politics. Bucking the status qou is the only way to go.

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gary yellando July 29, 2012, 9:24 p.m.    

Yanko has it all in the bag.......no worries, promise cheap gas and all ukraine will vote for Yanko....very cleaver , this man Yanko

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Roman Serbyn July 29, 2012, 11:43 p.m.    

Competences are not transferable. A few skilful kicks by Shevchenko in his political opponents' sensitive areas may be useful during the periodic brawls in the Ukrainian Parliament, unless, of course, the Terminator Klychko puts an end to such Ukrainian Olympiads with a some precise blows to the overheated deputies' empty heads. Otherwise, Shevchenko has little useful experience to contribute, and perhaps some harmful habits he may have picked up in Italy. His background is in Berlusconi's Milan football team and he probably also observed Berlusconi's political arm - Forza Italia (which inspired Korolevskaia to call her party Forward Ukraine). Berlusconi's entourage was hardly an enlightened training ground for a neophyte politician who wants to "work for the people". It seems to me that the Ukrainian people would be better served if Shevchenko continued to entertain them on the football field.

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